Royal wedding...

  • Jayjames

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    Apr 26, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
    Does anyone have any interest in the royal wedding?

    Share your thoughts and opinions....
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:03 AM GMT
    Jayjames saidDoes anyone have any interest in the royal wedding?

    Share your thoughts and opinions....


    I don't really know much about William and Kate - i tend to avoid the magazines they so often feature in. But i know it's a socially significant (especially for commonwealth nations) with William being future King, Princess Diana's son, and Kate being a "commoner". So i'll probably watch it.
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:08 AM GMT
    Jayjames saidDoes anyone have any interest in the royal wedding?


    No
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 26, 2011 8:16 AM GMT
    I think in this day and age it's irrelevant..... I have no interest..... In fact I find the whole spectacle offensive on numerous levels.

    The monarchy has no relevance in Australia anymore.

    However, with all the natural disasters so far.... 2011 does need a good news story.
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    Nope, not enough to get up and 4am on a Friday to see it.
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    Apr 26, 2011 8:28 AM GMT
    Jayjames saidI think in this day and age it's irrelevant..... I have no interest..... In fact I find the whole spectacle offensive on numerous levels.

    The monarchy has no relevance in Australia anymore.

    However, with all the natural disasters so far.... 2011 does need a good news story.


    I totally agree Jayjames. They do nothing but cost money (at home or abroad when they trip about in luxury) - very outdated / expensive institution. SUch an inappropriate / unproductive use of UK taxpayers money in the time of recession & high unemployment. Sure a few extra tourists but at the end of the day very temporary benefits to the UK economy.

    I do offer a conspiracy theory though. I think the wedding is strategically being used to counteract the decreasing support for the monarchy / increasing republican movement (both throughout commonwealth countries and the UK).
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 26, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
    bazungu said
    Jayjames saidI think in this day and age it's irrelevant..... I have no interest..... In fact I find the whole spectacle offensive on numerous levels.

    The monarchy has no relevance in Australia anymore.

    However, with all the natural disasters so far.... 2011 does need a good news story.


    I totally agree Jayjames. They do nothing but cost money (at home or abroad when they trip about in luxury) - very outdated / expensive institution. SUch an inappropriate / unproductive use of UK taxpayers money in the time of recession & high unemployment. Sure a few extra tourists but at the end of the day very temporary benefits to the UK economy.

    I do offer a conspiracy theory though. I think the wedding is strategically being used to counteract the decreasing support for the monarchy / increasing republican movement (both throughout commonwealth countries and the UK).




    Oh absolutely...... Haven't most royal weddings involved more political strategy over anything else?

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    Apr 26, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    Yep - I am struggling to muster a flying monkey's f**k about the whole thing. Though it is astonishing that he is marrying someone he is not related to.

    Sure it's not just to shore up royalist support (which will plummet when Liz pops her clogs), but also for the economy/feelgood factor.
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    Apr 26, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    My family are monarchists and my mother and I are excited to be flying to London tomorrow night to see our future King and Queen get married. It's an event we will never forget. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea which is a shame but that doesn't dampen my enthusiasm. I'd never want to have an American-style President. The monarchy serves us (Britons and Canadians) well.
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 26, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    Christopher Hitchens wrote a great piece a day or two ago in The Daily Beast about the absurdity of monarchy, and he essentially advised William and Kate that, if they really loved each other, they should RUN--not just walk--away from royal life and the quagmire it represents.
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    Apr 26, 2011 11:52 AM GMT
    yes i will. being an American with monarchist leanings sounds like an oxymoron but there u are.

    i have always been told i was born 150 years too late. i am a dynastic nut taught physics for 30 yrs, but my love really is european history. bring back the tsar, austrian imperial house, and the kaiser (the last one was a tad screwy so the next needs to be watched)

    i know i go on

    u r a good looking guy
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    Apr 26, 2011 12:02 PM GMT
    Well all i can say by buddy from britain is attending the ceremony. I'm sure it will be pretty memorable experience! How fortunate! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 26, 2011 12:06 PM GMT
    I really don't care about the fairytale wedding. It has nothing to do with what's going on in the U.S. I wish the American media stop drooling over this thing.
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 26, 2011 12:16 PM GMT
    I too enjoy European history, for it is indeed fascinating and offers glimpses into a past life for which I feel humbled to not live, my grace.

    Alas those days have past and so has the importance of a monarchy in today's society.

    In due course my hopes are but to be free of a royal supremacy and have our energies focused toward fairer subjects.

    Till then let them eat cake,

    Your humble servant....

  • shy_guy

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    Apr 26, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    bazungu said
    Jayjames saidI think in this day and age it's irrelevant..... I have no interest..... In fact I find the whole spectacle offensive on numerous levels.

    The monarchy has no relevance in Australia anymore.

    However, with all the natural disasters so far.... 2011 does need a good news story.


    I totally agree Jayjames. They do nothing but cost money (at home or abroad when they trip about in luxury) - very outdated / expensive institution. SUch an inappropriate / unproductive use of UK taxpayers money in the time of recession & high unemployment. Sure a few extra tourists but at the end of the day very temporary benefits to the UK economy.

    I do offer a conspiracy theory though. I think the wedding is strategically being used to counteract the decreasing support for the monarchy / increasing republican movement (both throughout commonwealth countries and the UK).



    Im no royalist but some comments on here seem abit ignorant of the facts...

    I know that there have been many people who have worked out (in detail) the finanacial benefits of having the royal family. Everytime its the same outcome and they are very valuable to the economy. Temporary benefits? I don't see how they are temporary. They are benefits which are there so long as the royal family is?

    I think we should perhaps give them come credit becuase in recent years they have been trying to cut down on travel expenses and upkeep. In fact Im sure I read somewhere that the queen is dipping into her own private funds which will apparently run out in the coming years if she continues spending as she does.

    As for the 'conspiracy theory ' lol, I think its just a PR stunt, hardly a secret.
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    Apr 26, 2011 12:30 PM GMT
    On the subject of royal finances, I would point out that all profits from the Crown Estate (land 'owned' by the monarchy but held in trust) goes to the Government... in exchange the Royal Family benefit from the Civil List (eg, salary) from the government but it's less than the profits of the Crown Estate last time I looked.

    As to costs, I don't think I've ever seen the figures but judging from the OTT motorcades and whatnot that follow the American President, I think the British Royal Family is a bargain.
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    Apr 26, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    I posted this on another thread this morning....

    To hell with the "marriage equality" thing.... I heard on the news last night that the amount of money being spent on this pompous occasion is expected to be somewhere between $80 to $125 million dollars!! 10,000 canape's for 600 people and a formal sit down dinner for 300 people.
    If I were British...I think I would be protesting something else about this wedding !!! ..
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    Apr 26, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    Saw the first one in 1981 that was enough for me.
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    Apr 26, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    snowboarder said
    Jayjames saidDoes anyone have any interest in the royal wedding?


    No


    ^What he said.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 26, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    I'm not staying up all night to watch it -- but I am TiVoing it. I love the pomp and spectacle of it all. There is so much history. I think Kate will be a beautiful Princess.
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 26, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    Monarchies are by nature a construct of "smoke and mirrors" designed to make their subjects believe that they're somehow superior solely by nature of their birth.

    Most monarchies today are devolved from medieval bandits and robber barons (think of them along the lines as proto-mafia families), who by dint of violence and intermarriage consolidated their positions and wealth. The claim of divine right was also very helpful in maintaining their grip on power.

    There's really nothing regal or noble about monarchies. People who buy into the notion are captivated by the shiny jewels and romantic (and vastly unrealistic) notions of what royalty is.

    I actually feel very sorry for young royals who are trapped in these gilded cages and are unable to freely be themselves. It would be a horrible way to live, if you ask me.
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    Apr 26, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    No , i am not at all interested about it , weddings are not my thing ... But i wouldn't criticize the amount of money spent in this case , seeing how our politicians ( Republicans ,Democrats etc ... ) are spending ours here in America ......
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    Apr 26, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    Jayjames saidDoes anyone have any interest in the royal wedding?

    Share your thoughts and opinions....


    I have no interest.

    none
    nada
    zilch
    zero
  • OhioJock

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    Apr 26, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    So I guess William's not gay......damn it icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 26, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    Not even a bit, its just one pompous guy getting married, why waste my time on it.